You got the call, and the company with your dream job opening wants to interview you. As you do your research and prep your interview questions, there’s a specific cultural factor to check out that many people ignore: Is it a toxic work environment? No matter how great the title, the pay, or the role, if a company’s culture is toxic, you will regret taking the job. Thankfully, there are ways to look deeper into a company’s culture both before and during your interview to discover whether it’s toxic on some level.
In a competitive job market, a lot of people have the same hard skills that you bring to the table. That’s why soft skills are so important. Having the right hard skills might get you the interview, but your soft skills will set you apart from other candidates and help you win the job. Companies are looking for people who bring more to the job than just the hard skills listed in the job posting. But how, exactly, do showcase soft skills when you’re sitting across from the interviewer?
Most of us have had, at some point in our lives, a teacher, a professor, or a mentor who encouraged our participation in active discussion by uttering the ubiquitous phrase, “There are no stupid questions.” Then we grew up and started going to job interviews. In all seriousness, however, if you’re actively seeking employment chances are you’ve run into a few odd interview questions that put that old adage to the test.
Possibly the most difficult interview question to answer is “Tell Me About Yourself?” But if I asked your co-worker to tell me about you, they could easily rattle off several things. During a job interview, you’ll need to overcome the stage-fright associated with answering the “tell me about yourself” question.
Talking on the phone with a stranger can feel awkward to begin with. When you add the pressure of an important job interview, it can become unbearable. You worry about what you going to say because your words are all you have to make a good first impression. That spiffy new outfit you bought to knock their socks off hangs in the closet, your firm handshake is useless (not that your hands aren’t shaking), and your body language is silent. On the phone, your words are all alone. You may needs some phone interview advice.
You may have heard the cliché about “a job interview is not an interrogation.” Well, some statements have reached cliché status because they are so true, so often. But to make sure your next interview is a conversation (and not the dreaded interrogation), what essential interview questions should you ask?